Thyroid Clinic Physician Takes a ‘Deep Dive’ in A Shallow Pool of Data

Thyroid Clinic Physician Takes a ‘Deep Dive’ in A Shallow Pool of Data

Thyroid Clinic Physician Takes a ‘Deep Dive’ in A Shallow Pool of Data

Physician responds to closure of his thyroid clinic

DIGBY, NS – The Thyroid Clinic in Digby was closed June 6 by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and its doctor  has been accused of unauthorized medical research.
 In the official letter sent by the health authority, the physician was told he was “conducting research at the Digby General Hospital without approval,” and that he must immediately “cease all work associated.”
He said what he was doing wasn’t research, but simply quality improvement, a recognized physician practice designed to read existing literature to improve practices.
 “Patient treatment and quality improvement by looking into existing and recognized research – not conducting new research – was my main goal with this clinic. Had they investigated, they would have found that,” he said.
Why the clinic was started
Why did patients with hypothyroid symptoms have normal TSH levels?
 This is the question he pondered and was stumped by.
 After seeing many doctors test only the levels of TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone, in their patients, He began looking for a deeper problem, conducting what he called a ‘deep dive’ into the world literature on hypothyroidism starting in 2014.
 He found documents that stated checking TSH levels alone is not enough to determine an accurate diagnosis of thyroid disease.
 “The research I found stating TSH levels alone was insufficient dated back to the 1960’s,” he said.
 “This has been around for longer than we think.”
 Patient treatment
Following points found in his literary deep dive, he works as an emergency room doctor at the Digby General Hospital, began applying some of this knowledge to ER patients and saw immediate, positive results.
 After this success, he used his one free weekday each Tuesday to work in what became the Thyroid Clinic at the hospital. He was also never paid for his time at the clinic, where he treated over 250 patients with hypothyroid symptoms.
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